A study on the FBI’s facial recognition technology, a database for which has been building for quite some time, shows that approximately 117m American adults are now on the list, according to a study released by Georgetown University.
Minority Report edges ever closer, according to Wired:
Perhaps the most dystopian aspect of the report is its findings that real-time facial recognition—identifying people in public as they pass a live-feed video camera—is increasing in popularity among police departments. The researchers found that five departments in major cities like Los Angeles and Chicago either already use real-time face recognition, own the technology to do it, or want to buy it. That pervasive surveillance raises similar concerns to image databases, but significantly expands questions about expectation of privacy and the ability for police to perform this new form of surveillance en masse and in secret.
TV3 Group will be the home of Big Brother this summer broadcasting over 200 hours of Big Brother across TV3, 3e and 3Player. The launch show kicks off on Tuesday May 12 at 9pm on 3e with a simulcast on TV3.
Gardaí, the Defence Forces, and Revenue Commissioners are accessing record levels of private landline, mobile phone, and internet records.The latest available figures show authorities accessed more than 40 private communications each day in 2010 — compared with 31 per day a year earlier. In 12 months, almost 15,000 requests were made of telecom companies to hand over details of private citizens’ activity.